Ramen with Charred Pork


6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
6 thick slices fresh ginger, plus 2 teaspoons minced 
4 cloves garlic (3 smashed, 1 minced)
2 scallions, cut into thirds, plus sliced scallions for topping
3/4 cup dried shiitake mushrooms
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 tablespoon Shaoxing rice wine or dry sherry
Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
4 boneless pork chops (1/2 inch thick; about 4 ounces each) 
2 large eggs
1 1/2 pounds fresh ramen noodles
1 5-ounce package baby spinach
Shichimi togarashi (Japanese spice mix), for topping


  1. Combine the chicken broth, 2 1/2 cups water, the sliced ginger, 3 smashed garlic cloves, 2 cut-up scallions, the shiitake mushrooms, soy sauce and rice wine in a large pot. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and gently simmer, covered, until the mushrooms are soft and the broth is flavorful, 35 to 40 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Meanwhile, combine the hoisin sauce, sesame oil, minced ginger, minced garlic, a pinch of salt and a few grinds of pepper in a medium bowl. Prick the pork chops all over with a fork and add to the bowl; turn to coat. Let marinate at room temperature, 15 to 20 minutes. 
  3. Heat a grill or grill pan to medium high. Grill the pork chops until cooked through, about 2 minutes per side. Remove to a cutting board and let rest 5 minutes. Thinly slice the pork chops.
  4. Bring a separate large pot of water to a boil. Gently add the eggs in their shells, return to a simmer and cook 6 1/2 minutes. Drain and run under cold water. Peel the eggs and cut in half. 
  5. Return the pot of water to a boil. Add the noodles and cook as the label directs, stirring often. Drain and divide among 4 bowls.
  6. Strain the broth through a fine-mesh sieve into a separate pot. Add the spinach and stir to wilt slightly. Ladle the broth and spinach over the noodles and top with the pork, sliced scallions and eggs; season with shichimi togarashi.

Cook’s Note

Fresh ramen noodles are available at Asian supermarkets. You can also use dried noodles — just discard the seasoning packet and boil as the label directs.

Original recipe found here: https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/food-network-kitchen/ramen-with-charred-pork-7442635

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